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Tether Tools Helps Keep Your Studio Organized



Tether Tools has worked to design and manufacture tools that expand the possibilities of photographers, videographers, and creatives in all fields. Their tools are used by creatives across the globe as an essential piece of their workflow and safety on set. Tether Tools can help keep your studio organized with their newly introduced products.

TetherBlock prevents accidental remover of a cable from your camera’s data ports by snaking a USB, FireWire, or HDMI cable through the TetherBlock’s channel. Once secured to the camera, you can either shoot handheld or attach the TetherBlock to a camera’s tripod mount. For those using an Arca-compatible tripod, TetherBlock Arca has the plate built-in.

The Starter Tethering Kit includes:

  • One TetherPro Cable 15′
  • One JerkStopper Camera Support
  • One JerkStopper USB Support
  • One Tether Tools Cable Organization Case (Standard)
  • One Package JerkStopper ProTab Cable Ties – Small (10pk).

The Starter Tethering Kit is great on its own, but even better when paired with the Pro Tethering Kit which includes:

  • One Tether Table Aero Master or Traveler
  • One LAJO-4 ProBracket
  • One Aero ProPad
  • One Aero Cup Holder
  • One Aero SecureStrap
  • One Aero XDC
  • Three Aero Clip-on Hooks
  • One JerkStopper Clip-on Support
  • One StrapMoore
  • One Tether Table Aero Storage Case

Tether Tools is in the final stages of the manufacturing process on USB-C cables. They will produce USB-C to USB-C, USB-C to USB-A, and USB-C to each individual camera port. Their goal is to provide you with a single cable to meet your needs, whether you have USB-C on your camera, computer, or both. Give Tether Tools your email address to be notified when USB-C Cables are Available.


Mackie Releases New Big Knob Series



Mackie points out that the Mackie Big Knob is the go-to monitor controller for studios the world over. They have added in the high-resolution goodness of an Onyx recording and playback solution that makes Big Knob truly become the nerve center for your studio.

There are three Big Knob Series products to choose from. They are: Big Knob Passive, Big Knob Studio, and Big Knob Studio+. All of them have the classic Big Knob volume control and a sturdy “Built-Like-A-Tank” design.

Now with three products in the Big Knob lineup, studios of any size will benefit from the professional source/monitor selection and precise level control that made the original such a popular choice. Plus, with the addition of high-resolution Onyx USB recording and playback, studios get a powerful, hybrid solution that is truly greater than the sum of its parts.

Big Knob Passive is a simple 2×2 monitor controller. Choose between 2 sources and 2 monitor pairs. It has mono, mute, and dim functions. It also has a passive audio path with no power supply needed.

Big Knob Studio lets you choose between 3 sources and 2 monitor pairs. It has mono, mute, and dim functions. It also has independent trim on all sources and monitor outs. Big Knob Studio has flexible 2×2 USB recording interface and a comprehensive feature set for professional studios. It is compatible wit hall major DAWs on both Mac and Windows, and includes Tracktion recording software.

Big Knob Studio+ has all of the above and more. It lets you choose between 4 sources and 3 monitor pairs, and has a flexible 2×4 USB recording interface. Its comprehensive feature set for professional studios includes flexible talkback options including external mic and footswitch control, and dedicated amp-driven studio output perfect for headphone distribution system.


IK Multimedia Released Syntronik for iPad



IK Multimedia puts musicians first. This philosophy guides their product development and production processes. They only make products they would use. IK Multimedia has released Syntronik for iPad.

Syntronik, the legendary synth powerhouse with the widest palette of synthesizer sounds for iPad is now available on the App Store. Syntronik for iPad includes 17 amazing synths covering a wide selection from 38 of the most iconic to ultra-rare classic synthesizers and string machines of all time.

This is thanks to a unique combination of the most advanced sampling techniques with a new hybrid synthesis engine, an arsenal of high-quality modeled effects and innovative instrument features that raise the bar for flexibility and sound quality.

The unique synthesis engine in Syntronik for iPad provides ultimate sonic authenticity thanks to its modeled filter selection. Syntronik offers 7 filter types including 4 of the best sounding analog filters of all time: the Moog transistor ladder, Roland’s IR3109 chip, the famous Curtis CEM3320 chip and the Oberheim SEM state variable filter. Plus, all of the filters can be selected within each Synth, enabling users to mix and match them for unique combinations never heard before.

Syntronic is available now for free on the App Store and includes 25 instrument sounds from all 17 synths. Syntronik Full offers 1200 instrument sounds, 200 Multis and 129 arpeggios, available as an in-app purchase for the introductory price of $39.99 through October 31, 2017. Individual synths are also available via in-app purchase for just $9.99 each.


Blue Microphones has a Free For All Sale



Blue Microphones has been creating some of the world’s most unique microphones and headphones for the past 20 years. Their products are used by musicians, music lovers, podcasters, and gamers. Right now, Blue is having a Free For All sale.

Blue’s Free For All Sale is a “buy one, get one free” sale on specific styles of microphones. This offer is available “while supplies last.” Visit the Blue website to see a list of participating dealers that sell the Blue microphones that are part of the sale.

Save up to $299.99 on select Blue Mics. For a limited time, you can buy a Hummingbird, enCORE 100i, enCORE 100, or enCORE 200 and get a second microphone of the same model for FREE! No mail-in rebate to worry about. Offer only available at authorized, participating dealers.

The enCORE 100 is a studio-grade dynamic microphone that is perfect for vocals. The hand-tuned capsule delivers renowned Blue studio sound. It has reinforced construction with heavy-duty metal-plated finish.

The enCORE 100i is a studio-grade dynamic instrument mic that brings Blue heritage to a versatile stage solution. It has a specially designed and tuned capsule with custom diaphragm, venting design, and coil windings, and a custom-tuned acoustic circuit with transformer. Its rugged construction with reinforced grille and integrated guard ring protect against drumstick hits.

The enCORE 200 is the world’s first studio-grade phantom powered active dynamic microphone. Its proprietary active dynamic capsule delivers amazing detail and clarity, even on loud stages.

The Hummingbird is a small-diaphragm condenser microphone. It has a 180° rotating head for precise mic placement. Its cardioid condenser is based on the B1 capsule. The Hummingbird offers ultra-fast transient response an high-SPL handling for studio and stage.


Datavideo Released NightHawk Camera Series



Datavideo engineers, designs and manufacturers a wide range of innovative technologies for use in broadcast, AV, live event and production environments. Datavideo has released its NightHawk camera series.

Datavideo’s new NightHawk series Cameras are feature-packed high-quality cameras in a compact design to fit various applications.

Equipped with a 4/3” CMOS sensor and the real-time HDR with sensitivity settings that can extend up to ISO 409600, the NightHawk camera series can capture shadows and highlights in spectacular detail. Because of the digital noise reduction feature, users can obtain remarkable image quality even under low light.

One unique thing about the NightHawk series of cameras is a feature that allows for RTMP streaming over any 4G network to YouTube or Facebook. This feature provides a low cost, high-quality, solution for outdoor event broadcasting.

Another interesting thing about the NightHawk series of cameras is that it has a highly modifiable body. This gives you the freedom to build up and enhance your own professional camera rig, containing monitors, recorders, batteries and stabilizers.

NightHawk cameras are compatible with professional lenses from Leica, Panasonic, Olympus and more.

Features include:

  • Direct 4G Video Streaming
  • Cinematic Quality Image Sensor
  • Ultra Low-Light Capture
  • High Dynamic Range
  • External Microphone Input
  • Remote Control Over Wi-Fi
  • Removable Lens
  • Multi-Purpose Applications

Get Ozone Imager from iZotope for Free



Founded in 2001, iZotope is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. They are obsessed with great sound. Their intelligent audio technology helps musicians, music producers, and audio post engineers focus on their craft, rather than the tech behind it. Right now, iZotope is offering their Ozone Imager for free.

Ozone Imager is a free stereo imaging plug-in for your DAW or NLE. Born from Ozone’s legendary imaging technology, Ozone Imager can narrow or widen your stereo image with simple controls, stunning visuals, and incredible sound.

Make an impact with Ozone’s legendary Imaging technology. Add depth and width to mono or narrow mixes in Stereoize Mode for a fuller, wider, sound.

Receive immediate, intuitive feedback as you adjust to taste. An integrated Vectorscope and Correlation Meter give you precise feedback to help guide your mixing and mastering decisions,

System Requirements:

Operating Systems:
Mac: OS X 10.8.5 (Pro Tools 10 only), OS X 10.9 – macOS Sierra (10.12)
Windows: 7, 8 & 10

Plug-in Formats:
VST2, VST3, AudioUnit (Mac Only), AAX (Real-time & AudioSuite; 64-bit only), RTAS (Real-time & Audiosuite (DPM); 32-bit only)


Moniker Guitars Introduced the Rival Series



Moniker Guitars has introduced the Rival Series. This series of guitars is being built in Austin, Texas. They can rival any other guitar on the market on tone, feel, and price.

The Rival guitars has a maple body with a matching maple neck. That’s the same wood Moniker users on the necks of their Custom Series guitars.

Maple is a hard wood and so it’s typically bright and heavy. To offset the weight, we’re making a thinner body. To add mid range, bass and resonance, as well as further reduce weight, we’re cutting cavities or chambers into the body. The chambered body adds more warmth to the tone.

To add color to the Rival guitars, Moniker enlarged the pickguard to cover almost the whole body of the guitar. They also inlaid the acrylic faceplate into the body of the guitar to keep the appearance smooth and clean. The guitars are sprayed with a satin top coat that is smooth and not sticky like gloss.

The Rival guitars come in the following colors: black, cream, grey, peach, and seafoam. Choose any of those colors for the faceplate, and the headstock will match.

Choose from the following pickup sets:
* SSL-5 Staggered Strat Set
* Quarter Pounder Tele Set
* Antiquity Duo-Sonic Set
* Lipstick Set
* Phat Cat P90 Set
* Hot Rodded Humbucker Set

The pre-order pricing starts at just $875 (for a limited time only). The Moniker website says seven weeks is the current estimated number of weeks for custom builds to arrive at your door.


Tether Tools and Goal Zero Team Up for a Giveaway



Tether Tools is committed to supplying professional and enthusiast photographers with the finest quality tethering photography equipment. Goal Zero makes the best portable power products on the market. The two have teamed up for a giveaway.

The Solar Powered Memories Giveaway is easy to enter. Go to the Tether Tools website and log into the giveaway using either your email or Facebook. Next, follow Tether Tools on social media. Then, share with others for “even more entries”. At the time I am writing this, the Solar Powered Memories Giveaway has 4 days left.

There are 9 different ways to enter the giveaway. Most of them involve visiting Tether Tools and/or Goal Zero on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Someone will win a Venture 70 Recharger from Goal Zero and a Case Relay Camera Power System from Tether Tools.

The Case Relay Camera Power System lets you power your camera continually with an external battery pack or wall power, providing peace of mind knowing you have an uninterrupted power source for your camera. (It requires the Relay Camera Coupler, which is sold separately.) The Case Relay Camera Power System is $99.99.

The Venture 70 Recharger packs the power you need to keep those small devices, cameras, and tablets charged no matter the elements you may be out battling. With an IPX67 weatherproof rating and 17,799amAh the Venture will keep everything running smoothly. The Venture 70 Recharger is $149.95.


Litepanels Raises the Bar with Gemini



Litepanels is a pioneer in LED lighting for the film, photographic, and broadcast industries. They introduced Litepanels Gemini, an all-new 2×1, RGB-WW soft panel that combines daylight, tungsten, and red-green-blue LEDs to deliver highly flexible and precise color adjustment.

The Gemini soft panel produces true, full-spectrum white light and an extensive choice of control options designed to suit any professional lighting application.

Until now, users of most 2×1 panels have achieved white light by mixing red, green, and blue, which can create undesirable color spokes. Gemini eliminates this problem by giving users a daylight-to-tungsten light foundation and then enabling them to finely adjust color throughout the full, 360-degree color wheel. This means that users can match a broad range of ambient lighting conditions quickly and simply.

Gemini offers this unmatched flexibility through its easy-to-use, intuitive menu interface with LCD screens in three lighting modes:

* Correlated Color Temperature (CCT) Mode, for bicolor (daylight to tungsten) with +/- green adjustment.

* Color Mode, offering hue saturation and intensity (HSI) control for full color and saturation control

* Gel Mode, providing the ability to dial up a variety of popular gels

Like all Litepanels products, Gemini is complemented by a full line of light-shaping accessories, such as honeycomb grids and barn doors, to offer users extra creative lighting control. By the end of this year, Litepanels will release a mounting hardware kit that will enable customers to stack multiple Gemini panels either vertically or horizontally.

The Litepanels Gemini 2×1 is now available at a suggested retail price of $4,440 (4,200 euros).


Shure Released Super 55-BLK Microphone Pitch Black Edition



Shure Incorporated, the world’s leading microphone manufacturer, announced the release of a limited quantity of the Super 55-BLK Deluxe Vocal Microphone Pitch Black Edition, in time for the holiday season. The new Super 55 Pitch Black Edition is a modern take on the classic Super 55’s look and performance.

This limited edition microphone features a matte black die-cast base, black foam, and smooth frequency response for natural vocal reproduction, and comes with an integrated, swivel stand mount base and microphone bag, perfect for any performance on-stage and on-screen.

The Model 55 Unidyne defines classic microphone design just as much today as it did more than 75 years ago when it made its official debut. For vocal performers, the Super 55 Pitch Black Edition’s eye-catching black-on-black design is a twist on the classic and adds a sleek style to production.

The rigorously-tested supercardioid microphone cartridge rejects unwanted noise and prevents feedback. The shock-mounted cartridge and tough, die-cast case reduces handling noise and protects it from damage.

The Super 55 Pitch Black edition will be available through certified Shure retailers and online.